This course provides knowledge and techniques for creating an inclusive classroom for children with sensory processing challenges. Topics include development of the internal and external senses, importance of role of sensory development, common challenges in the classroom and how to develop strategies to assist children with sensory processing challenges.
How Toddlers Learn
Program: Toddlers, Twos
Review the cognitive, physical and language development of toddlers and discuss best practices for creating an enriched environment and curriculum specifically for this age group. Participants will see examples of toddler programs, gain new strategies, and better understand this unique stage of development.
Cognitive Development in Infants, Toddlers, Threes
Cognitive development includes how young children explore the world around them, solve problems, remember and retain information, and pretend and use their imagination. Positive early experiences that support cognitive development contribute to lifelong traits, such as curiosity, persistence, and independence. During this session we will discuss the role that Responsive Caregiving plays in cognitive development, how problem solving skills are developed and what the caregiver can do to support this development, the impressive memory of young children and the process by which the memory works, and the role that imitation and make believe play have in contributing to cognitive development.
Social and Emotional Development in Infants, Toddlers, Threes
The goal of successful social-emotional development is the ability to identify, understand, and express one’s own feelings and to correctly read the emotions of others. It also refers to the ability to regulate behavior and develop and maintain relationships. During this session, we will discuss the attachment relationship, the development of self-awareness and self-regulation, and positive peer relationships. We will discuss factors that influence this development and best practices for providers. We will also explore appropriate behavior guidance techniques.
Physical Development in Infants, Toddlers, and Threes
The session covers the physical growth of infants and toddlers, including brain development and the development of the five senses. We will discuss factors that influence growth and development and best practices for providers. We will also examine the gross and fine motor skills that develop in the first few years. This session also covers ways to create inclusive programs for those children with special needs.
Language and Literacy Development in Infants, Toddlers, and Threes
How do children learn language so naturally and so rapidly? Without studying a book or taking a class, they are speaking in full sentences, conjugating verbs, and applying complicated grammar rules to new words. Language development occurs so naturally and seemingly effortlessly, that we often take it for granted, assuming that all babies will learn to talk and someday to read. However, language development is a critical and complicated task for young children. During this session, we will discuss the theories on how we acquire language and the stages and indicators of language development. We will examine emergent literacy and its connection to lifelong success. We will discuss factors that influence language development and best practices for providers.